1. Promise Zones
The Federal Promise Zone initiative encourages collaboration between the federal government, community organizations, the private sector and state and local governments. The City of Harford has neighborhoods identified as Promise Zones. Projects located within Promise Zones receive priority points on federal funding applications. The anticipated outcome in these identified Promise Zones support the increase of jobs and economic opportunities that enable rural areas to thrive. Click here to find out more about the Mayor's North Hartford Promise Zone Initiative.
North Hartford Promise Zone Neighborhood Boundary Map(PDF, 6MB)
2. Enterprise Zones
In 1982, Connecticut was the first state in the country to establish a statewide Enterprise Zone Program. The Enterprise Zone Program designates distressed areas as areas of great opportunity. There are currently 43 designations in the state of Connecticut and Hartford is one of them. This designation allows businesses to receive tax incentives. For more information on specific incentives and an Overview on Enterprise Zones, visit the Department of Economic and Community Development page here.
Hartford Enterprise Zone Boundary Map(PDF, 933KB)
3. Opportunity Zones
An opportunity zone is an economically distressed community where new investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment. Localities qualify as opportunity zones if they have been nominated for that designation by the state and that nomination has been certified by the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury via his delegation of authority to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS Definition).
What are Opportunity Zones meant to accomplish?
Opportunity Zones were designed to spur economic development and drive billions of dollars in long-term investment into low-income urban and rural census tracts. This incentive is designed to include local economies in communities that will intentionally benefit the people who live and work there and provide a secure return to investors.
What does this mean for Hartford?
Hartford has 10 Opportunity Zone designations. These Opportunity Zones contain 25% of Hartford's residents and represent the rich culture and diversity of the city at large. Substantial new private investment has flowed into these communities following a restructuring of the City's debt, and an update to the City's zoning code which has created new opportunities throughout the city. Easy access to innovation hubs, including accelerators, maker spaces, and the new UConn Downtown Campus, make Opportunity Zones in Hartford a smart investment.
To find out if your property is in an Opportunity Zone visit our:
Hartford GIS Planning Viewer